Doe B – The Come Up

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  • Intro
    Take one look at Doe B and you’ll want to know his story. And the hulking rapper out of Montgomery, Alabama, who lost his right eye in a shootout in 2009, certainly has an interesting one to tell. With the help of manager DJ Frank White (host of 2 Chainz’s <i>Codeine Cowboy</i> and Yelawolf’s <i>Heart of Dixie</i> mixtapes), Doe B’s been building a regional buzz over the past couple of years. And thanks to the success of “Let Me Find Out”, he’s poised to break out beyond the city he’s got on lock. But just who is Doe B? Let us find out. – <i>(As told to Neil Martinez-Belkin <a href="https://twitter.com/Neil_MB">@Neil_MB</a> )</i>
  • On Early Influences and Getting His Start:
    On Early Influences and Getting His Start:
    I been rapping since I was like 10 years old but just started taking it seriously like two years ago when I was like 18, 19. But I’ve been into music since I was like 10. Man, I was into the Hot Boys and Master P and that era then. Then when T.I first started poppin’ off I was listening to that. After I had got shot I really had to breathe deep and I just thought, I’m gonna put my energy and frustration and pain and all of this into my music. Since then everything just been going upwards and people have seen my movement and seen how it grew. I got the same fanbase from when I was like 15-16. Those people are still rocking with me.
  • On the Night That Changed His Life:
    On the Night That Changed His Life:
    We went to this club down here in Montgomery. And we had been having a little altercation with some people going back and forth. The night before my partner had died. But anyway we was in the club and we seen the people that we was into it with. There wasn’t an altercation or anything. We talked, squashed everything. But when I leave outside the club that night I seen some more people and we had some little words and it escalated from there. When we eventually left we seen them at a gas station. So we pulled over and just kept talking back and forth and there was a lot of heat back and forth. And the shootout just popped off right there in the gas station.<br /><br />I was laid up in the hospital for like a month. They were trying to decide if it was worth it to go in and have brain surgery to try to get the bullet in my head. That was the hold up then but they opted not to. I was 18, man. I was young and just really in the street and the activity that came with it. We had a lot of wars back and forth down here and I made it through. Thank God.
  • On Linking With His Manager, DJ Frank White:
    On Linking With His Manager, DJ Frank White:
    <b>DJ Frank White:</b> Tell him! He stole my keyboard! He broke into my studio!<br /><br /><b>Doe: B:</b> [Laughs] You know Frank’s a DJ out here in Alabama. Everybody goes to him for the music. I think Frank heard about me. I went to his studio to holla at him and we said we were gonna get something going together. But I guess later someone broke into Frank’s studio and stole his keyboard, and given my reputation in the streets somehow it got around that it was me.<br /><br /><b>Frank:</b> He had seen the keyboard! He knew where it was.<br /><br /><b>Doe B:</b> I didn’t know it was his. They keyboard had made it around to my area and so I ended up buying the keyboard. I honestly didn’t steal it.<br /><br /><b>Frank:</b> Now you’re gonna tell them you bought the keyboard?! That’s even worse. [Laughs] So anyway I heard about his movement over the next couple of years and he kept grinding and eventually he came back. The whole situation with Doe is special. From his story to his talent. It’s rare that you get those things together. Plenty of artists approach me to come together but it’s hard to explain. When I see Doe, I think of a Biggie-like situation, which might sound cliché because of his look but it’s not just that. He’s just a talent that you don’t come across every day.
  • On his <i>Definition of a Trapper</i> Mixtape Series and Latest Project, <i>Trap Life</i>:
    On his <i>Definition of a Trapper</i> Mixtape Series and Latest Project, <i>Trap Life</i>:
    I dropped my first mixtape, <i>D.O.A.T.</i>, in April of 2011. Then I dropped <i>D.O.A.T. 2</i> in June of 2012. Soon after I started working on <i>Trap Life</i>, and I had five months to work on that. I be working, man. I love the studio and hate the clubs. I mean I’ll like to go to hear my music gets played, but going to the club every single night, that’s never really been my thing. I got a passion for making music for real though: rapping, the Autotune shit, the melodic suff, I love all that shit. I feel like there’s a lot of pain when I use that [Autotune], and it brings out some of my best records.
  • On his Regional Hit, “Let Me Find Out”:
    On his Regional Hit, “Let Me Find Out”:
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/AxSSA8tKm8s?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/AxSSA8tKm8s?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>That was a song off <i>D.O.A.T. 2</i> that I just freestyled. I got a lot of songs out here in the clubs in Alabama but I did that song in like 20 minutes. It wasn’t a song that I really thought about much. I didn’t even want to put it on my mixtape then. But Frank said from day one that that was it and the song just got its own type of buzz.
  • On Working With Zaytoven and Eldorado Red:
    On Working With Zaytoven and Eldorado Red:
    Zaytoven, I got in touch with him through my manager. He was one of my favorite producers too, so it was just a pleasure working with him. As far as Eldorado Red, he’s from the same neighborhood as me down here in Montgomery, so I’ve always had ties with him.
  • On What’s Next: